Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is considered young amongst its peers but is one of the fastest growing in assets, totaling approximately $900 million in December 2018. The foundation’s success places them in the top 30 of approximately 800 community foundations nationwide. The foundation raised $94 million in new gifts in 2018.
It serves seven counties and almost 40 percent of the Michigan population and is anchored by the City of Detroit. The foundation is guided by a 57-member, highly-engaged board of trustees which has encouraged the foundation to be innovative and entrepreneurial, a hallmark quality of metropolitan Detroit’s resurgence.
The foundation is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in its region. As a permanent community endowment, built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the foundation has distributed more than $1 billion to nonprofit organizations.
The vice president, philanthropic services will serve as chief fundraising officer and manager of the philanthropic services department. The foundation is currently successfully completing a five-year asset development plan with an objective to secure $400 million in new gifts and irrevocable commitments between 2015 – 2019. The vice president will play a pivotal role in reaching this objective as well as leading a sophisticated fundraising and stewardship program focused on the expansion of individual giving from key donor prospects.
The vice president will operate with the highest standards of integrity and trust as well as have superb knowledge of fundraising best practices applicable to the operations of a community foundation. The vice president will work with key stakeholders, staff and trustees to strengthen an already robust culture of philanthropy and educate on immerging trends in the art and science of the fundraising profession. The vice president will be collegial, work toward a collective goal and be willing to roll up his/her sleeves in the best interest of the organization.
Demonstrated success in donor stewardship, prospect identification, and solicitation
Exceptional interpersonal skills, including oral and written communications and the ability to connect with diverse constituencies
Eight to ten years fundraising experience, including demonstrated success in securing major gifts
Five to seven years of management experience
Strong project management, research and analytical skills
Entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit
Master’s or professional degree
Experience with Southeast Michigan philanthropic communities
Working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving
Experience with databases and fundraising/donor management software (such as Raiser's Edge)
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long-term disability, 403(b), pension program, paid parking, vacation, holidays, sick and personal time.
Internal Number: 03
About Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, founded in 1984, is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan.
The Foundation works to improve the quality of life in southeast Michigan by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Governed by a board of 57 community leaders, the Foundation makes grants to outstanding charitable projects in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. Since its founding, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $1 billion to support thousands of charitable activities. The Foundation has grown to $900 million in assets and holds more than 900 funds established by individuals, families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and private foundations.
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